Gender check: 2/22/12 – West

*Gender Checks are quick examinations of gender representation in individual news articles for the purpose of discovering trends over time. Click here to read more.

Website: Los Angeles Times

On LATimes.com, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:25 a.m. (PST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, was titled “Obama wants to cut corporate tax rate to 28% as part of overhaul.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Politics and Government: Domestic politics, government (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 4)

Word count: 422

Author: Male

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, U.S. president

Notes/analysis: The article includes a photo of the president by a male photographer.


Website: California Watch

On California Watch, one of the lead articles featured on the home page as of 6:25 a.m. (PST) Wednesday, Feb. 22, was titled “Mentally ill immigrants trapped in US detention without attorneys.”

Here is its breakdown:

Subject: Social and Legal: Legal system, judiciary, legislation apart from family (Global Media Monitoring Project No. 35)

Word count: 2717

Author: Female

Human sources (listed in order mentioned):

  1. Male, immigration judge
  2. Male, detained immigrant with a traumatic brain injury
  3. Female, attorney
  4. Female, judge
  5. Male, principal assistant director of office of immigration litigation
  6. Female, mother of a legal permanent resident diagnosed with schizophrenia
  7. Female, spokeswoman
  8. Male, attorney
  9. Male, attorney
  10. Female, judge

Notes/analysis: A photograph with the story features a mother hugging her son after he was released as his father watches. It was taken by a male photographer.

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